Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear

"Part memoir, part history, part documentary, part impassioned manifesto...it might be the most important book about being a parent that you will ever read." --Emily Rapp Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World "A beautifully told, harrowing story..."--Heather Havrilesky One morning, Kim Brooks made a split-second decision to leave he "Part memoir, part history, part documentary, part impassioned manifesto...it might be the most important book ab...

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Title:Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear
Author:Kim Brooks
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Genres:Parenting
ISBN:1250089557
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear Reviews

  • Peter Knox
    Aug 24, 2018
    "...statistically speaking, it would likely take 750,000 years for a child left alone in a public space to be snatched by a stranger. So there is some risk to leaving your kid in a car. It might not be statistically meaningful, but it's not nonexistent. The problem is, there's some ris...
  • Kathleen
    Feb 19, 2018
    Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalis...
  • Devorah Heitner
    May 16, 2018
    Essential reading in our panic-filled historical moment. Filled with great research and a compelling voice, this book explores how crazy things have gotten, how we got here and offers some thoughts on how we might make things better. Any parent or anyone who was a kid and remembers oth...
  • Mehrsa
    Sep 08, 2018
    I was at a target once and I saw a young mother in front of me in tears because the cops were coming for her for having left her kid in the car. An older woman had called the cops and the target employees were all on the other woman's side. I leapt to her defense. The kid was fine. It ...
  • Josie
    Oct 01, 2018
    This isn't a long read, but it packs a punch. Brooks recounts her personal story of being "caught" leaving her young son in the car, in a Target parking lot as she ran in to get headphones for their airplane flight that day. Someone recorded the child in the car unattended. Later she w...
  • Rhea
    Oct 17, 2018
    I liked that this book really quelled some of my anxieties about parenting, and showed me that those collective fears are more about punishing women than protecting children. But this could have been (and pretty much is) a series of articles instead of a book. Also, as a psychotherapis...
  • Ericka Clouther
    Sep 03, 2018
    Even though there is a large memoir aspect to this book, I think it's an extremely important nonfiction book about the current state of parenting in America. It's important from a sociological, psychological, and also legal perspective. As an attorney and as an American, I'm horrified ...
  • Kevin Clouther
    Mar 15, 2018
    Structurally, this book is more effective than what I've seen in other parenting books, though one needn't be a parent to be moved. Because the author is a fiction writer, the narratives are thoughtful, well paced, and selective in detail. She complements these stories with interviews ...
  • Jamie
    Jan 05, 2018
    I read this whole thing going, "YES." And, "I've been there!" And "get out of my brain, Kim. Get out!" Well researched but still very personal and engaging. ...
  • Cari
    Aug 20, 2018
    I think this book should be required reading for this day and age (along with Julie Lythcott-Haims' How to Raise an Adult). Kim Brooks went through a hell no parent should have to experience. One person was so judgmental about her parenting choice - to leave her 4-year-old child alone ...
  • Jake
    Apr 12, 2018
    I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of...
  • Suellen
    Aug 22, 2018
    Heard on Fully Booked Podcast https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ki... ...
  • Monika
    May 17, 2018
    This book didn't live up to its blurb. It seems to speak more to parents who lack confidence in their parenting, who really worry about keeping up with (and how they appear to) others.Although the author acknowledges her own privilege, there's still an icky layer of ableism and class...
  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    Sep 05, 2018
    I only recently realized the extent to which helicopter parenting in America has become the norm, the expectation, sometimes even in the law of the land. That the definition of a ?good parent? now requires keeping an eye on your child at every moment. That kids? hanging out with ...
  • Shelley
    Mar 30, 2018
    True story 1: When my daughter was about eight, we walked past a car where a tween was reading a book with the windows down. My daughter gasped, worried about the kid being alone in the car, in the middle of a Safeway parking lot. "That was normal when I was growing up," I said. "I use...
  • Lindsey
    Apr 29, 2018
    Although I appreciated, in part, the message of this book, I am also conflicted in my feelings towards the author's view of her actions, which led to a pretty lengthy involvement with child welfare services. The premise of the book is that we treat our children as if they were made of ...
  • Sarah
    Apr 03, 2018
    This is an excellent book for parents of children of any age. It's part memoir as the idea for the book starts with the author's personal story of getting arrested for leaving her son in the car alone for a few minutes. It then explores the history of parenting in America, and the psyc...
  • Carolyn
    Aug 22, 2018
    This book spoke to me. As a mother, this book spoke to me. As a millennial, this book spoke to me. As a member of society, this book spoke to me. I want to hand this book out to all of the parents I know and tell them to read it now - and then some! . True Story. Nonfiction: Author ...
  • Paul
    Aug 07, 2018
    Kim Brooks?s Small Animals is a personal and honest look at dealing with the ?moral panics? of raising a child. It is a good read from a writer with a strong voice, but it didn?t go far enough in completing many of the viable arguments. For the full review: https://paulspick...
  • Alan Kercinik
    Sep 12, 2018
    Kim Brooks once left her young son in the car while she ran into a Target for five minutes to buy a pair of headphones. A generation ago, this would have gone unnoticed. That's not what happened. Her son was recorded in the car. The police were called. There was a warrant put out for h...
  • Susan Banner
    Mar 19, 2018
    Well researched and riveting. I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents both, providing insight into shaming and success. ...
  • Anne ✨
    Aug 27, 2018
    Wow! This book resonated with me in a big way! As a mom of two now teens, I have lived through, and still experience many of the anxious feelings that Kim Brooks shares as she relates her experiences parenting in today's American society. The worries, pressures, expectations, and judgm...
  • Estelle Erasmus
    Apr 01, 2018
    This book, like Kim Brooks's deft writing (she's also an essayist and novelist) grabs you by the throat and doesn't let you go till the final page. Much more than a memoir (although Brooks shares her personal story that led to the book), this book is a treatise on what happens when we ...
  • Jessica
    Sep 10, 2018
    This is possibly the best book I've read all year. Brooks captures perfectly what it is like to be a parent in modern-day America, how the majority of your decisions are spurred by fear ? fear of what will happen to your child if you don't do everything correctly and/or fear of what ...
  • Beatrice
    Sep 16, 2018
    One day when Kim Brooks decided to leave her four-year-old son in the car for a couple of minutes while she went into the store to grab something, a passerby filmed what was happening and reported her to the police. What followed was a year-long process of being condemned for her actio...
  • Leah P
    Oct 10, 2018
    I agree with the author in that we?re becoming too much of a helicopter parent generation. Her story was very interesting and from the few people I?ve discussed it with, everyone has very polarizing views on whether they would have done the same thing, in her position. I am findi...
  • Kayo
    Jun 30, 2018
    This book is superb! I'd give it more stars of i could. My youngest is now 29, so I 'm not raising a little one anymore. I'm so glad that he lived in an era to go out and play with friends or ride his bike. I can see the decline in real parenting. It's more hovering than actual paren...
  • Jeannette Noel
    Sep 07, 2018
    4.5 stars! Thank you Kim for expressing so clearly and comprehensively what parents like me have been unable to concisely verbalize. I was listening to this book and feeling like I was a choir member in a church yelling "amen!" as Kim pointed out the absolute insanity of our current pa...
  • Garen Glazier
    Oct 08, 2018
    A thought-provoking meditation on the state of parenthood today. What happens when we let fear take the wheel as parents and when do we draw the line between keeping children safe and giving them freedom to be in the world. While at times I felt her view on parenting and the state of c...
  • Jen Wood
    Jun 19, 2018
    I devoured this book in one day yesterday and kept waking up during the night thinking about it. Small Animals is part memoir and part sociological analysis. It?s an honest, well-researched look at how batshit crazy modern American parenting has become. The book starts when Kim Brook...